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How Do I Get a Misophonia Diagnosis?

Because misophonia is not currently in the DSM-5 (the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the U.S), finding a misophonia diagnosis is nearly, if not literally, impossible. Because of insurance codes, American medicine relies on diagnostic codes to classify disorders. However, this is changing. More and more conditions are being…
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Is Misophonia Genetic?

What can modern genetic theory tell us about misophonia? Is misophonia genetic? At a basic scientific level, the answer is “we don’t know”. This answer is because misophonia has yet to be fully researched. Because of this, answers are still lacking. However, before scientists can even answer this question it is important to for the…
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Misophonia is not just a chewing disorder!

So many people refer to misophonia as a disorder in which people aversively respond to chewing and breathing. There has been a culture that has conformed to the idea of “chewing rage”, unfortunately this does not tell the entire story. While there seems to be a high incidence of severe reactivity to chewing and other…
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Misophonia Symptoms and Signs

Misophonia symptoms do not necessarily follow a strict pattern. Sufferers experience a mixed-range of misophonia symptoms and triggers and are often faced with varying degrees of discomfort. If you believe you may have the disorder you can use this check-list. The following are common characteristics that have been reported by misophonia sufferers. Currently there are…
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How To Explain Misophonia

Do you want to explain Misophonia to others, but have trouble bringing it up? When you know that you have to tell a person about your disorder (especially trying to explain Misophonia), it can be stressful – the anxiety, fear, and anticipation can be enough to keep your mouth firmly shut, and continue your suffering.…
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What is Sensory Over-Responsivity (SPD-SOR)?

Sensory processing involves the reception of and automatic neurobiological responding to stimuli from the outside environment (Brown, Tollefson, Dunn, Cromwell & Fillion, 2001). The proposition that we learn through our senses has been widely accepted within the fields of mental health and child development for over half a century. For example, Piaget (1958) described how…
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Misophonia from a Social Worker’s Perspective

Misophonia is a disorder in which certain sounds trigger emotional and or physical responses that others may consider irrational. It is mainly self-diagnosed because finding a health care practitioner that will diagnose or treat, is a huge challenge. Finding a mental health care practitioner to diagnose and treat is impossible. Why is that? Misophonia is…
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Misophonia Literature Review

Investigating Misophonia: A Review of the Empirical Literature, Clinical Implications, and a Research Agenda Misophonia is a neurobehavioral syndrome phenotypically characterized by heightened autonomic nervous system arousal and negative emotional reactivity (e. g., irritation, anger, anxiety) in response to a decreased tolerance for specific sounds. The aims of this review are to (a) characterize the…
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Frequently Asked Misophonia Questions

What Causes Misophonia? We don’t know the underlying causes of Misophonia, although there are numerous areas of speculation. There may be many causes for sound sensitivity or auditory over sensitivity. Is it Neurological or Psychological or Auditory? Misophonia does not appear to be “psychological” in nature (i.e. arising in the mind) versus physiological (i.e. having…
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These resources are designed for parents, educators, and doctors to understand misophonia. By printing these files, you can bring them with you to help explain misophonia to your co-parents, family members, clinicians, and help advocate for your child. As a lesser-known disorder, advocating misophonia can be hard – and that’s why we want to help!…
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